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Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by cutting edge, Oct 22, 2002.

  1. cutting edge

    cutting edge LawnSite Member
    Posts: 194

    After putting the pick ax on the handle submerge it in water. This will cause the wood to swell, resulting in a tight fit.
  2. Hodge

    Hodge LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 261

    And when it drys out.... the head falls off.
  3. cutting edge

    cutting edge LawnSite Member
    Posts: 194

    I have not had that problem. I replaced a pick ax handle earlier this year. It became a little loose once, so I resoaked it - problem solved.
  4. The Mowerdude

    The Mowerdude LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 372

    A friend of ours had a 1930 Graham Paige. It had wooden wheels. He drove that thing up to about 1988. When the wheels got loose, he'd drive it down into the creek and let it set for a while. Then he'd move the car just enough to turn the wheels 180 degrees so that all the spokes got wet. Tightened em right up.
  5. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    Finishing the handle periodically with linseed oil will help keep it from drying out.
  6. Hodge

    Hodge LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 261

    Well that is something to know, but the real question is why does this work? I understand the wood cells filling up and swelling thus the fitting becomes tight, and applying oil would reduce the evaporation but does this work even if nothing is applied?

  7. lawnjob

    lawnjob LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Thank you, folks for your input. God Bless.

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